Ear infection symptoms

Ear infection symptoms usually cause great discomfort, especially in young children. Find out what ear infection symptoms to look for if you suspect your child is suffering from a middle ear infection.

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Ear infection symptoms may vary in intensity from one person to another. However, there are a few common ear infection symptoms that are worth considering when diagnosing a middle ear infection.

The main symptom of acute middle ear infection is severe pain in the affected ear, resulting from the pressure of fluid on the ear drum. When the ear infection is caused by bacterial infection other ear infection symptoms may appear, these include:

  • High fever.
  • Flu-like symptoms (especially in children) such as vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and apathy.
  • hearing impairment.

Ear infection symptoms in children

It is difficult to diagnose ear infections in infants who are unable to express the source of their discomfort, thus it should be taken into account that an ear infection is a possibility to be considered in these situations . Look for ear infection symptoms such as frequent pulling of the ear, irritability and inconsolable crying.

Lying in bed, chewing and breastfeeding can cause painful pressure in the middle ear resulting in decreased appetite and trouble sleeping.

If the fluid pressure in the middle ear increases, it may rupture the eardrum.  A ruptured eardrum may assist in drainage of the fluid, releasing pressure on the eardrum and thus leading to pain relief, however this condition may also cause hearing impairment.

Fluid accumulation inside the middle ear air filled cavity may cause difficulty in hearing.  The child may not respond to soft sounds, excessively increase the volume on television, speak louder than usual and is most likely to experience ear pain, a common middle ear infection symptom, sometimes accompanied by fever, nausea, vomiting and dizziness.

 
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